Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Is this the standard culture of Australian political parties
rape and abuse of women and children
WHAT KIND OF PARLIAMENT DO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE HAVE HERE - CERTAINLY NOT A CHRISTIAN AND ETHICAL ONE WE WERE SUPPOSIDLY VOTING FOR
A letter containing a historical rape allegation against a Cabinet Minister
The letter containing the allegation was sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Copies were sent to Labor's Senate Leader Penny Wong, and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, accompanied by a statement outlining the details of the alleged sexual assault. The matter has been referred to the AFP, with the letter sent on to AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw. It is understood he has briefed police in New South Wales and South Australia about the letter's contents. Senator Wong explained the letter was not the first she had heard of the situation.
Sadly the Lady took her life. The question is what police will do, given the woman who made the allegations has died.Will Scott Morrison speed up an Inquiry?
Justice must be done for the Victim and her family It is with great sadness at the loss of this women's life. that her story is now out in the open and public knowledge.
IMACOGINDEWHEELOFLIFE has chosen to not mention the accused victims name on this blog in respect for the deceased victim and her family.
and as I do not feel there is any need to, not because of any legal restrictions. From what I can tell she disclosed all looking for help
The Australian public must clearly demand an open enquiry....
The letter requests urgent action be taken by the Prime Minister to investigate the alleged rape, which occurred in 1988 before the accused man entered politics. The matter has also been referred to the Australian Federal Police. The letter was forwarded to AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw by Labor's Leader in the Senate, Penny Wong, and Greens Senator Hanson-Young, who were also recipients of the letter. Four Corners understands that Commissioner Kershaw has briefed South Australia Police and NSW Police. 3/7 The letter, shared with Four Corners by a friend of the complainant, attaches a detailed statement prepared by the complainant for her lawyer about the brutal rape she alleges took place
The coroner will then determine whether to conduct a public inquest into her death. 5/7 The woman alleged the sexual assault took place in Sydney in 1988, long before the man's political career commenced
A Cabinet Minister has been accused of violently raping a 16-year-old in 1988
Scott Morrison was told of the historical rape allegation against the minister
Letter sent to Scott Morrison was referred to AFP by Labor and Greens Senators
NSW Police were investigating the matter until the woman died in June 2020
COVID 19 HINDERED THE INVESTIGATION
The anonymous author of the letter said they want Mr Morrison to set up an independent parliamentary investigation into the incident.
'When news of [the complainant's alleged] rape becomes widely known to the public (as it most likely will), legitimate questions will be asked as to who knew what, when they knew and what they did,' said the letter, seen by ABC's Four Corners.
'This is occurring today in relation to Brittany Higgins.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
1988: A 16-year-old girl is allegedly violently raped in Sydney 2019: The woman sends a letter to former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull about the allegation 2019: Labor Senator Penny Wong is made aware by the complainant of some details of the allegation 2020, February: NSW Police set up Strike Force Wyndarra to investigate the historical child sex crime after being referred to by South Australian Police 2020, March: NSW Police cannot travel to Adelaide to take a formal statement from the complainant because of Covid restrictions 2020, June 23: The woman informs NSW Police she no longer wants the investigation to continue 2020, June 24: The complainants body is found after she has taken her own life in Adelaide Both Senator Wong and Mr Turnbull have said they contacted the South Australian Police after hearing of her death 2021, February 26: An anonymous letter was received by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Labor leader in the Senate Penny Wong and Greens Senator Sarah-Hanson Young. A statement from the complainant to her lawyer is attached, including details of the alleged rape Ms Wong said she contacted the AFP, NSW Police and SA Police after receiving the letter. She also forwarded the letter to AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw Ms Hanson-Young forwarded the letter to the AFP Commissioner and said she spoke to him on the phone about the allegation
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“NSW Police understand that reporting sexual assault can be distressing and traumatic for victims – and it is always the choice of an individual whether to proceed with an investigation or not.”
The South Australian Police are continuing to prepare a report for the state coroner on the woman’s death.
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Veteran political journalist Malcolm Farr says the new rape allegation is far too serious for the government to try to spin its way out of it.
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At the time, Ms ........ boss Defence Minister Linda Reynolds encouraged her to go to police but the adviser ultimately decided not to pursue a formal complaint. Ms Higgins asked police on Wednesday to reopen the investigation.
“I cannot state strongly enough the importance of timely referrals of allegations of criminal conduct,” Mr Kershaw wrote in the letter to Mr Morrison. “Failure to report alleged criminal behaviour in this manner, or choosing to communicate or disseminate allegations via other means, such as through the media or third parties, risks prejudicing any subsequent police allegations.”
Male former Liberal staffer at centre of rape claim enters hospital
The former Liberal staffer at the centre of the Parliament rape claim has reportedly checked himself into a Sydney hospital.
The man accused by Ms........ ......of sexually assaulting her in Senator Linda Reynolds’s office at Parliament House drove to the Royal North Shore Hospital and checked himself in on Wednesday, sources told The Daily Telegraph.
A source told the newspaper that the man was concerned and had sought psychiatric care, but had not self harmed.
The former staffer has not been publicly named, is not under police investigation and has never been charged.
I AM PLACING A WARNING HERE; AS THIS NEXT ARTICLE IS DISTRESSING ; ADULT ONLY
Scott Morrison, senators and AFP told of historical rape allegation against Cabinet Minister
Posted 1dday ago, updated Yesterday at 12:21amextract read full story here
The letter was forwarded to AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw by Labor's Leader in the Senate, Penny Wong, and Greens Senator Hanson-Young, who were also recipients of the letter.
Four Corners understands that Commissioner Kershaw has briefed South Australia Police and NSW Police.
The letter, shared with Four Corners by a friend of the complainant, attaches a detailed statement prepared by the complainant for her lawyer about the brutal rape she alleges took place.
NSW Police set up strike force
Last year, NSW Police set up a strike force with a view to commencing an investigation into the historical allegations about the Cabinet Minister after the woman came forward.
Strike Force Wyndarra was established by police after she reported in Sydney in February 2020 to detectives from the NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad that she had been raped by the man.
The woman had engaged a lawyer and told many friends about the allegation, but took her own life in June last year.
I AM PLACING A WARNING HERE; AS THIS NEXT ARTICLE IS DISTRESSING ; ADULT ONLY
Two Liberal advisers, Chelsey Potter and Dhanya Mani, told this newspaper in July 2019 they were subject to sexual harassment. They described events over past years. Their warning came only four months after Reynolds heard Higgins tell of rape. And the government continued on its complacent way. When the Liberals released a code of conduct six months later, Liberal women declared it unenforceable.
Letter containing rape allegation against a Cabinet Minister could tumble into full-blown crisis for Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison has a man problem. Sixteen of them, to be precise.
They are the 16 men in the 22-strong Federal Cabinet over whom hang an allegation of a horrible crime, outlined in an anonymous letter sent to the Prime Minister.
One of them is accused of a horrific 1988 rape of a 16-year-old but until he is identified, all 16 live under a cloud of broader public suspicion.
This is the political conundrum at the heart of the Prime Minister's man problem that threatens to tumble the scandal over parliamentary culture into a full-blown Cabinet crisis.
And until this is somehow resolved, Morrison's oft-spoken-about "woman problem" only worsens — a woman problem that's undeniably contributed to Liberal MP Nicolle Flint quitting politics in disgust at the toxic treatment of women in Canberra.
A woman problem some Liberals fear will further discourage women from pursuing a political career. A woman problem that hasn't been remedied by any of Morrison's efforts to promote women.
For now, the Morrison Government argues that the minister in question must be afforded natural justice. It points to 7.1 of the ministerial code which states that "a Minister should stand aside if that Minister becomes the subject of an official investigation of alleged illegal or improper conduct."
One prime ministerial aide argues there is no official police investigation, in South Australia, NSW or federally, nor has a minister been charged.
Liberal strategists might have already calculated that the prospect of prosecution is remote in any case, given the complainant took her own life in June last year, aged 49.
But other senior coalition folk wonder if a wait-it-out strategy is politically tenable in the long run, especially after the past fortnight of sleaze, shame and self-reflection.
They question whether the Government can sustain resistance against calls for an independent inquiry.
Some in Labor suggest the Coalition might fight fire with fire, that historical claims of sexual assault against a senior Labor figure might be revisited.
But this wouldn't help Morrison, whose acknowledgement of significant cultural problems in the Parliament and his party requires action that restores the Coalition's reputation.
Reynolds accused of ‘hiding behind’ alleged rape victim
Linda Reynolds has been accused of “hiding behind” alleged rape victim Ms,,,,,,,, after she declined to answer questions over her handling of the incident.
The Defence Minister faced a grilling in senate question time over her account of the alleged rape, but repeatedly refused to answer, claiming she was protecting Ms ........ privacy.
Ms ........ claimed she was sexually assaulted by a colleague in the minister’s parliamentary suite in 2019, an allegation Senator Reynolds became aware of days later.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed he was not aware of the alleged assault until last Monday, and Senator Reynolds claimed she did not alert his staff because it was “not her story to tell”.
She cited the same justification when declining to confirm whether she had disclosed the allegation to other ministers.
She claimed Ms ,,,,,,,,,, was aware of the meeting, insisting “everything that was done was done with her knowledge”.
Ms ........... directly contradicted that account, telling news.com.au she had “no idea” her then-boss had met with the AFP.
“The fact they escalated it to meeting with the assistant AFP commissioner, that’s news to me,’’ she said.
“She didn’t warn me at all. Then, in October 2019, she disclosed very personal information to my employer at the time. I don’t think she’s ever cared about my privacy.”
Senator Reynolds also refused to reveal when she became aware her former chief of staff had sought advice over the alleged rape.
When repeatedly pressed to reveal a specific date, Senator Reynolds would only reiterate her claim, first made last week, that she became “incrementally aware (of the alleged assault) over a number of days”.
The Defence Minister will front the National Press Club on Wednesday.
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Parliament House rape allegations: New text messages reveal trouble for PM’s office
Scott Morrison’s claim that no one in his office knew about the alleged rape of Ms..... has been undermined by new text messages.
Scott Morrison’s claim that no one in his office knew about the alleged rape of Ms .....has been undermined by new text messages revealing his staffer was “mortified” by the story and had pledged to take action.
The text messages were exchanged between Ms Higgins and another Liberal staffer in April, 2019, after she had confided that she had been sexually assaulted but had got “jack-sh*t” support from the Liberal party. Outraged, the man asked if he could take the matter to a friend who worked for the Prime Minister and ask for help on her behalf. The man said he did so and on April 3, 2019, just 11 days after the alleged rape in Defence Minister Linda Reynolds’ office, he reported back to Ms Higgins what happened in a text message. “Spoke to PMO (Prime Minister’s Office). He was mortified to hear about it and how things have been handled,” the text reads. “He’s going to discuss with COS (Chief of Staff) — no one else. I flagged need for councillor (sic) and desire to be closer to home during election.”
In response to the text messages, Mr Morrison was careful not to deny the possibility someone in his office knew, indicating it was something a review into the matter he has called will now examine.
“I am aware of those reports and those matters are in the scope of what I have asked the secretary of the Prime Minister and cabinet to look into,’’ he said.
“It is within that scope. We have had that conversation this morning and I would expect that to be considered in the scope of what he is already doing. I set out in the parliament this week the timetable of when I am advised my office knew about it.”
Mr Morrison said the allegations shattered him.
An explosive text message between Ms ......and a fellow Liberal staffer seems to indicate the Prime Minister's office was made aware of her alleged rape in Parliament House just days after.Source:Supplied
Turmoil for man at centre of rape claim
Former peers of the man at the centre of Brittany Higgins’ rape claims have described him as a “real lad’s lad”, but now his world is falling apart.
23/02/2021 4:30:00 AM
Former peers of the man at the centre of Ms’....... rape claims have described him as a “ real lad ’s lad”, but now his world is falling apart.
The former Liberal staffer at the centre of allegations he assaulted Ms.....and two other women has reportedly checked in to a private rehabilitation clinic , days after staying overnight in hospital and being stood down from his his job at a large corporation. Source https://headtopics.com/au/turmoil-for-man-at-centre-of-rape-claim-18803806
CANBERRA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- A senior member of the Australian government has been accused of an historical rape dating back to the 1980s.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) were on Friday notified of a letter sent anonymously to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and senior members of the Labor and Greens parties Penny Wong and Sarah Hanson-Young, urging the prime minister to take urgent action to investigate the alleged incident.
The letter included allegations from a now-deceased woman that she was raped at the age of 16 in 1988 by a current minister from the Morrison government who has not been publicly named.
The New South Wales (NSW) Police said the alleged victim reported the incident in February 2020 and triggered an investigation.
Four months later she told the police that she no longer wished to pursue the complaint before she took her own life the next day.
Hanson-Young said the letter detailed "a disturbing and a very serious allegation of a criminal nature against a senior member of the government," according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Sharman Stone, a former Liberal minister, urged the government to investigate the rape allegations, saying she hoped the woman's death was not "in vain." Enditem
Fourth woman accuses ex-staffer of assault
A fourth woman has come forward to allege she was sexually assaulted by the same political staffer accused of raping a colleague inside Parliament House.
The woman alleges the former Liberal Party staffer reached under the table to stroke her thigh at a Canberra bar in 2017.
She has filed a report at a police station in Canberra and will make a formal statement later this week.
The woman came forward to the ABC after Ms...............alleged she was raped by the man in 2019.
Two other women - a Liberal staffer, and a former party volunteer - have also alleged they were sexually assaulted by him.
Rape allegations throw doubt over future of Australian prime minister
Mike Head 20 February 2021
Allegations that a young female staff member was raped by a more senior male official inside a government ministerial office nearly two years ago suddenly erupted in the corporate media this week, raising questions about the political survival of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison (AP/Kiyoshi Ota)
Morrison told parliament on Thursday that his office had no knowledge of the allegations until last week, and he was not informed until Monday. But leaked email messages were published yesterday purporting to show that a senior officer in his office was notified in 2019, soon after the alleged sexual assault on the Liberal Party staffer, Ms.........
If the prime minister is found to have lied to parliament, he could be forced to resign. Whether the incident is used for that purpose is not yet clear, but it certainly has become a possibility.
By Wednesday, the Australian said “the political crisis” was “engulfing the Morrison government.” Australian Financial Review political editor Phillip Coorey said the government was “reeling from the allegations,” writing: “The events of this week have highlighted just how quickly the government’s fortunes can run off the rails.”
There is a long history of sexual assault accusations, even if untested, being exploited for political purposes. That needs to be borne in mind while assessing the scandal that is wracking the Liberal-National Coalition government. Many questions remain unanswered about this affair, but underlying political agendas seem to be driving events.
High-level sources within the government are evidently leaking emails, and working closely with the media, to accuse Morrison of being aware within days of the alleged rape, which occurred in then-Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds’ office on March 23, 2019, less than two months before the federal election of May 18.
The Australian reported yesterday it had obtained a text message sent to Ms........ by a fellow Liberal staffer on the morning of April 3, 2019, within a fortnight of the alleged rape. In the text the Liberal staffer said he had spoken directly with a member of Morrison’s staff. Other media outlets later broadcast copies of the text.
“Spoke to PMO [Prime Minister’s Office]. He was mortified to hear about it and how things have been handled,” the text says. “He’s going to discuss with COS [Chief of Staff]—no one else.”
Morrison announced yesterday that the head of his prime minister’s department, Phil Gaetjens, would investigate the matter and check the phone records of his office. This is the fourth investigation into the affair that Morrison has announced this week.
Even before the publication of the leaked email, prominent figures in the political establishment had described as “implausible” or “unpersuasive” Morrison’s claim that he knew nothing about the incident until Monday, when the allegations were made public by news.com.au, a Murdoch media platform.
Among those casting doubt on Morrison’s denials were Malcolm Turnbull, whom Morrison replaced as Liberal leader and prime minister in August 2018; Kevin Rudd, a former Labor Party prime minister; and Peta Credlin, who was chief of staff to Tony Abbott, whom Turnbull had deposed in September 2015.
Questions have been raised also about the fate of Reynolds, whom Morrison ele